In turn, a person’s spirit may be felt stronger in absence than in being present.
The Indianapolis 500 was missing something this year. That something is the bigger than life character and personality of Dan Wheldon.
Wheldon won the 2011 version with an exciting last-lap pass of the limping and crashed car of leader J.R. Hildebrand.
The 500 was a one-off race for Wheldon’s Bryan Herta Autosport team. There were no concrete plans or funding available to continue after Indy. In the weeks that followed, Wheldon signed on for some TV commentary work. Then he wound up being the test driver for the new Dallara chassis as it was being developed.